Bubbleheads, a one-act play written by Darcy Heller Sternberg, is a surreal, dreamlike look at the world of divorce and remarriage. The play imagines experiencing these events from the perspective of a child. The dialogue and interactions parallel the confusion and frustration a child feels as she watches her family fall apart.
The commoditization of people emphasizes marriage as a transaction and the way the Child perceives each new spouse as a thing to obtain rather than a bond based on love. Ironically, the Child is the most mature member of this family and often takes on more of a parental role than either parent does, speaking to the way the split in her family forces her to grow up quickly. A haunting line in the play is, "What do I have to do for you to see me?"